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16th Bn Welsh Regt


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The MIC for Pte Williams 23221, says he died of wounds 17 July 1916 and buried St Sever Cemetery, Rouen. Can anyone please tell me where the battalion were around that date, what action he was likely to be involved in when he received his wounds.

Thanks, Roy

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The problem is that Rouen is some way behind the lines and the time it took for him to get there could have been relatively short or he could have been in hospital there for a period of time.

The battalion was involved in fighting in the area of Mametz Wood in early July. There is no mention of casualties after 12th July - on that date the battalion was relieved after having been heavily shelled and was shelled on the way back as well. The diary records 67 men killed or wounded. Alternatively he could have been wounded earlier. The war diary is available from Kew if you're after the whole document WO95/2561.

Kind regards


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He would probably have been wounded when the 16th Welsh took a hammering during the initial assault on Mametz Wood on 7 July, and then slowly transported back to Rouen, where he died.


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Hi Steve

Thanks for that. Enjoying reading 'Carmarthen Pals' at the moment, well written and presentation is first class; well done.

Cheers, Roy

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